Invisalign® FAQs in Virginia Beach, VA
Since most people are more familiar with traditional metal braces, they typically need more information about Invisalign®. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser provide orthodontic treatment to people living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and those throughout Virginia’s eastern shore, and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign®.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an alternative orthodontic treatment that effectively treats mild to moderate orthodontic issues. People who can wear Invisalign® often choose this treatment because the aligners are clear, unlike traditional metal braces. Compared to other types of braces, Invisalign® aligners are not as noticeable to others.
How Does Invisalign® Orthodontics Work?
Invisalign® involves using clear aligner trays to slowly shift teeth into their correct position. The aligners are customized for each patient. Patients receive a series of aligners to wear. Each set slightly adjusts the teeth in a specific sequence mapped out by the orthodontist. Patients typically wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks, during which time the aligners gradually shift the teeth towards the desired position. When the shifting for that set is complete, patients replace them with the next set.
Are Invisalign® Clear Aligners Noticeable?
Invisalign® clear aligners are made of a specially made thermoplastic PBA-free material developed specifically for Invisalign®. The aligners resemble teeth whitening trays or clear mouth guards. Since they are clear and fit right over the teeth, they blend in with the mouth, going virtually undetected.
Can I Talk with Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
Yes. You can talk with Invisalign® just as you always have. You may have to get used to having the aligners in your mouth, but it takes only one to two days to feel normal.
How Do I Care for My Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
When taking out your aligners to brush and floss, simply take a few minutes to gently brush them with lukewarm water. Invisalign® also makes a cleaning system to ensure that your aligners are well-maintained. It is very important to keep them clean, as bacteria can collect and cause plaque to develop on your teeth.
How Long Do I Wear My Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
People wearing Invisalign® typically wear them all the time except when eating and caring for their teeth, averaging between 20-22 hours a day. Invisalign® requires a patient that is dedicated to following the protocol set forth by your orthodontist to ensure you get the results you want from orthodontics.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
The cost of Invisalign® varies with each patient as it is based on the length of the treatment and the number of aligners needed to complete the treatment. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser will review the cost of orthodontics with each patient as well as payment and financing options. Additionally, we help patients determine whether their dental insurance plans provide coverage for orthodontics. We work with most insurance companies to determine your out-of-pocket costs prior to beginning your treatment.
What If I Already Wore Braces?
It is common for the teeth of many adults who wore braces as a child or teen to slightly shift with age. Invisalign® is ideal for those who want to make minor corrections in a way that is not noticeable.
Will Invisalign® Work with the Current Dental Work I Have in My Mouth?
Invisalign® works with most dental treatments. To determine if your dental work accommodates Invisalign®, we recommend that you schedule a complimentary consultation with Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser.
What Happens Once the Invisalign® Treatment is Complete?
Most often, patients wear retainers on a part-time basis to help the teeth stay in place while the bone structure conforms to the newly straightened teeth.
Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser use Invisalign® to straighten teeth on people living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and those throughout Virginia’s eastern shore. If you are interested in Invisalign® or have questions that may not have been answered, please contact us to schedule a consultation today.